Nine Tan-renga with Pamela Miller Ness

Previously published in various journals. Pamela Miller Ness wrote all nine starting verses, and sent them to me on 1 July 2004, with I wrote the response verses on 2 July 2004, and we made changes to verses 1, 2, and 6 on 13 February 2006.

 

 

September roses—

the night we floated

petals in the bath

 

                a ruby-throated hummingbird

                tapping at the window

 

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rim trail

a stranger passes

at the highest point

 

                glint of evening sun

                off a passing jet

 

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October sun

a white koi surfaces

among the lilies

 

                a cowboy rides up

                on his tricycle

 

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another spring

the stain

on mother’s apron

 

                her birthday circled

                on the lighthouse calendar

 

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New Year’s dawn

a rose flush ascends

Mt. Rainier

 

                my wife tells me

                her erotic dream

 

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squeezing out

the last dab of toothpaste

New Year’s Day

 

                mother throws out

                dad’s ratty slippers

or:

                a log tips over

                the lip of the falls

 

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cold spell

the oatmeal

thickens

 

                you read the comics

                without laughing

 

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cold snap

tips of the pine

cup the snow

 

                my hands wrapped

                around a porcelain teacup

 

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museum display

the mobile passes

through its shadow

 

                a cell phone rings

                the Ode to Joy